Daily Archives: November 18, 2015

White Hides Bring a Genetic Advantage to Commercial Herds

White Hides Bring a Genetic Advantage to Commercial Herds

Chris Clayton

DTN

Brett DeBruycker’s father, Lloyd, bought his first Charolais bull in 1957. Within about five years, he had decided to develop a purebred Charolais operation. It was the start of DeBruycker Charolais, based near Great Falls, Montana.

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Consider long-term goals in fall cattle vaccination plan

Consider long-term goals in fall cattle vaccination plan

Beef Producer

When implementing a fall vaccination program for a cow herd, Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Extension beef veterinarian, and Chris Clark, ISU Extension beef program specialist, say it’s important to keep in mind long-term goals, short term needs, and herd reproductive status.

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A.I. Sires and Online Dating

A.I. Sires and Online Dating

Meg Grzeskiewicz

On Pasture

James Coffelt, owner of Ohio Land and Cattle believes that breeding is simple. “Use the absolute best bulls you can find, and cull the heck out of the cows!” Artificial insemination (AI) is an increasingly popular way for beef producers to access “the best bulls.” However, AI sire selection should involve much more than just flipping through a catalog in search of the best EPDs.

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Could Corn Stover be Profitable?

Could Corn Stover be Profitable?

Dan McGowan

Inside Indiana Business

A team of Purdue University researchers says, with government support, production of biofuels from corn stover could be economically viable for farmers. Stover is the stalk and leaf material that remains in the field after corn is harvested. Co-author and Purdue Agriculture Energy Policy Specialist Wally Tyner says, if it makes sense economically, production of second-generation biofuels would have a "major impact" on agricultural commodity markets.

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Diversification and innovation reign at Heidel Hollow Farm

Diversification and innovation reign at Heidel Hollow Farm

Progressive Forage Grower

Heidel Hollow sits on the southern slope of the Appalachian mountains, where 900 of 1,600 crop acres are devoted to quality hay production – timothy, orchardgrass and alfalfa. Of his farm, Fink says, “We have two types of soil – uphill and downhill.”

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High risk calf nutrition

High risk calf nutrition

Chris Reinhardt

Drovers

What are the three most critical required “nutrients” for high-risk calves who have been on a truck for an extended period? Hay, water, and rest. Alright, those aren’t all exactly “nutrients” per se, but they are definitely REQUIRED. Nutritionists, veterinarians, and feedyard managers could probably argue for a month as to which of the three is the most important and urgent; none the less, they all are both important and urgent.

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Profit Tracker: Train Wreck Continues

Profit Tracker: Train Wreck Continues

Greg Henderson

Beef Today

After months of extreme losses, feedyard managers entered November with ideas the worst was behind them. November, however, has been reluctant to cooperate and cattle feeding losses have grown to disastrous levels.

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